City set to close Third Street rail crossings

Closures expected next week

Springfield will take a step toward becoming a quieter place as the city gets set to close railroad crossings at five intersections on Third Street.

The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved the closures, Ward 2 Ald. Herman Senor announced Thursday at a ward meeting in Central Baptist Church. Public works director Mark Mahoney said the city expects to close crossings at Union, Jackson, Canedy, Allen and Cedar streets next week.

The closures are part of a process aimed at reducing train noise on the Third Street rail corridor. Trains are required to blast horns as warnings to motorists as trains near crossings. Ultimately, the city hopes that state and federal authorities will designate the corridor as a quiet zone so that no horns will sound as trains pass along Third Street.

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